The Wanderer Special Edition:
Denver Must-See Concerts for September 2019
By John Andreula
Are you too late to get some time off this weekend to head up for Jazz Aspen Snowmass to see Portugal. The Man, Weezer, and Sting?
Maybe you don’t have the $118 plus taxes and fees for the least expensive ticket still available to see Joan Jett, Elle King, and Heart tomorrow at the Pepsi Center.
While Phish is playing Dick’s, and Griz is playing all over Denver—both for four day runs—many concert-goers are yawning.
Jam bands are not for all of us. And many don’t really “get” EDM. Maybe we’re just not cool enough? Maybe we’re too damn old.
Don’t worry. There’s so much happening in the Denver music scene over the next couple of months that even us geeks, nerds, and dorks should be able to find some fantastic events to attend.
If you arere strategic you can definitely score some inexpensive tickets to see your favorite acts before it’s time to hang up your all-access laminents to put on that ski pass and head up I-70.
Here’s a peek of what you won’t want to miss in the concert scene in Denver for the month of September.
Saturday August 31st, Sunday September 1st, and Monday September 2nd
Civic Center Park, Denver
Start your month off right with a blast from the past, regardless of what era you were born into. This is one eclectic/strange line-up.
The best part is IT’S FREE!
KC & The Sunshine Band, Grand Funk Railroad, Scott Stapp, Dwight Yoakam, & Toad the Wet Sprocket are just some of the performers playing live. Check out the festival’s website to plan to arrive on the day when your favorites are playing. There’s also going to be food, art vendors, and activities for the kiddos.
Saturday September 7th
The Ogden, Denver
If you know the difference between hip hop and rap music and have never seen Plug 1, 2, & 3 live in concert, then you need to go see this one.
De La Soul has been doing it since way, way back in the day. They have great vibes, deep and clearly annunciated lyrics, and incredible melodies and beats.
$44 is a steal to go see these living legends!
Sunday September 8th
Temple Night Club, Denver
Unless you are into turntablism you may not have ever heard of the DMCs. They are the highest level of competition for those who perform on the ones and twos.
In an age where Serato and EDM has it so literally anyone can “DJ,” the DMCs are where those without skills in blending and scratching get booed off the stage…And that’s a good thing. The winner of the night will go on to compete in the world championships as the American representative. Denver’s own, Cysko Rockwell is representing Denver against DJs from all across the US.
Past world champions DJ Qbert, from Handsome Boy Modeling School and the Invisbl Skratch Piklz, and Chris Karns, formerly DJ Vajra, will be on hand to perform as well. Did I mention that the one and only Lord Finesse will be hosting? I’ve seen a few of the DMCs in the past. I’m kind of geeking out right now.
Monday September 9th
Red Rocks, Morrison
Admission: Cancelled (Was $67)
I have good news and bad news here. First, the good news… Die Antwoord is awesome. You have been notified.
The bad news… The tour has just been cancelled. Better luck next time. Go get your money back for these pricey tickets and see two of the other shows on this list.
Friday September 13th & Saturday September 14th
Mishawaka Amphitheater, Bellvue
CU graduate The Polish Ambassador is coming back to Colorado for back-to-back nights. He seamlessly fuses songs and beats from yesteryear to put together a set that will leave everyone shaking their booties.
I saw him earlier this summer at Red Rocks, opening up for Papadosio. His set alone was well worth the price of admission.
Check him out on Spotify to get familiar with what to expect, then go see the show.
Sunday September 15th
Hodi’s Half Note, Fort Collins
Did you know there were still concerts for under $20? You do now.
It’s time to get gangsta with two of the Demigodz and members of the diabolical Army of the Pharoahs. These two hardcore emcees will blow your top right off with intense, dark lyrics and sick flows.
If you like Jedi Mind Tricks or 7L & Esoteric, and needed a good reason to go spend some time in beautiful Fort Collins, then go see Apathy and Celph-Titled.
Thursday September 19th
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver
Admission: Sold out (was $72 plus inconvenience fees)
Go ahead. It’s okay. Embrace your softer side.
Banks is coming to town, and yes, they are still having concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium since the Mission Ballroom opened.
Banks just dropped a new album and it’s really good. This one was expensive to begin with and now it’s on the second-hand market it’s looking to be one expensive date-night. It looks like you better get to begging for threads…
Friday September 20th
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Wax Tailor isn’t well-known, but if you’ve already discovered his instrumental music then you know why he made this list. Wax is going to be headlining Balloon Pop at Cervantes with a bunch of other DJs nobody has heard of.
I can’t help, but be generally critical of live EDM music. If you ever seen a live EDM show, then you’ll understand why while you watch the performer basically doing nothing of consequence on stage.
I have no idea what a live Wax Tailor show will be like, but if the quality of his music is any indicator of what you’ll get, then the show is going to be off the hook. Did I mention that this one is only $20? Let’s go!
Friday September 20th & Saturday 21st
The Mission Ballroom, Denver
Sure we’ve all seen Atmosphere several or many times previously. That Slug, he’s so hot! This time the Rhymesayers crew is coming back to Denver to perform at the city’s newest concert venue, the Mission Ballroom, in the RiNo Arts District. And in typical RiNo fashion the Mission features art by several RiNo Crush Walls artists. That’s a double score!
The tickets to this one are on the higher end of the recommended shows, but it’s going to be a lot of performance for the money. Plus the Mission only holds two thousand patrons. The venue was designed with the spectator in mind.
If you’re a hip hop fan, then this is gong to be an awesome event.
Friday September 27th
The Ogden Theatre, Denver
Admission: Sold Out (was $54 plus inconvenience fees)
Do you like heavy metal? How about Japanese pop music? Put them together and that’s what you get with Babymetal. The music ranges between anime theme music and rage.
A Babymetal concert sounds like an awesome opportunity to have an experience like none before. Unfortunately, like Banks, it’s sold out.
If you were planning to spend the money to see Die Antwoord, check out the second-hand market to see if you can score tickets to this. It will make the perfect consolation prize.
If you’re not feeling these picks for September, just wait for October. It’s going to be bananas too!
21 Pilots will be at Pepsi Center. K. Flay is performing at the Mission. Logic, Gramatik, and Tech-Nine are all closing out another consecutive biggest season ever at Red Rocks.
And if that’s not enough, what could possibly be better than being the oldest person at the concert? How about going to see an act from your childhood that is still making music and touring today? The answer is happening at Red Rocks on Halloween.
The Wu-Tang Clan is coming to the Red Rocks to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut album, Enter the 36 Chambers. That’s right, grandma and grandpa! It’s been two and a half decades since Shaolin’s finest brought the mother-f***ing ruckus!
If that wasn’t enough for you Jedi Mind Tricks and Immortal Technique are opening the show. Get your tickets before they sell out. And buckle up for this one, rap fans, it’s going to be epic!
In case I missed someone playing live in Denver in September, it was probably intentional. Either the act sucks, or I haven’t heard of them yet.
I hope you enjoyed this special edition of The Wanderer. Be sure to check out a show or two on the list and feel free to email me at the link below to tell me how it went.
Who knows? You may even find me wandering around the venues…
John Andreula is a writer, wanderer, and music fan residing in the foothills of Colorado.
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